Barney Bear's Nursery

Each Day Learning Through Play



Barney Bears Chigwell

406 Manford Way
Chigwell IG7 4AS
Tel: 020 8500 0980

Ofsted Outstanding

Ofsted Outstanding

7th November 2017

Barney Bears nursery Chigwell opened in 2008. We are Ofsted registered offering places from 3 months to 2 years of age and for children aged 2-5 years.

The Nursery was last inspected by Ofsted in 7th November 2017 and was rated ‘Outstanding’.

The nursery offers full and part-time places from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays). The nursery is open for the 51 weeks a year and close 1 week at Christmas.

The nursery offers freshly prepared meals on the premises and rotates a four week nutritional menu (menus). The nursery was rated 5 stars by the environmental health protection agency for our outstanding levels of cleanliness and organisation of our food preparation areas.

The nursery is a Registered SEN nursery working closely with the local authority. Barney Bears Chigwell is currently completing the Quality Assurance Scheme.

What we Offer – Barney Bears at Chigwell offer two separate areas in both age groups where the children can be cared for we rotate the layout of both the main and baby areas regularly to offer a variety and a new prospective on the space.

The Baby Room – Cares for children under the age of 2 years in a peaceful, calm environment where we provide a comfortable homely space where parents/carers and staff can bottle feed and settle the babies. We follow the baby’s personal routine by working closely in partnership with the parent/carers, using different sounds, colors and textures to stimulate the babies’ curiosity and desire to explore the world around them. We also offer a creative area with messy activities for them to explore and experiment. We also use this area for our heuristic play session which is for the babies to explore natural sensory materials.

We have a quiet cot area where the babies and children can rest or sleep. We also provide a separate nappy changing facility. The babies participate in weekly dance movement sessions carried out by a professional music theatre, along with regular sensory activities.

Throughout our daily activities we provide real experience for the children to play and explore such as babies using their sense with the jelly, hay, flour, real fruits and vegetables etc. We extend this through our outdoor experiences through our daily outings and trips (events). Outside play is paramount to the child’s development we ensure our babies experience garden play each day.

Our Main room offers fun and excitement for the older children from 2 to 5 years through a variety of activities. Our 2 to 5 year olds spend their time between the creative area, main room and garden. The main room activities are split into areas of construction for building and dismantle, home corner for Role Play and  areas for table top and floor base activities which include mark making, maths, understanding of the world and ICT, following the Early Years foundation Stage. There is also an area where children can relax for story time or develop their reading skills.

Pre-skills are activities that are planned and tailored to our individual children to focus on skills which encompass personal, emotional and social skills and learning linked to two specific areas in the EYFS curriculum: Mathematics and Literacy. We endeavour to support and encourage children at their own pace with the aim of school readiness.

The creative area offers sand and water, painting, drawing and the opportunity  for the children to experience a wide range of other messy materials and activities. The children follow a flexible daily routine which includes, cooking activities, dance and movement, pre-school skills activities.

Garden – Our garden is used for all ages to explore safely and enjoy outdoor play though out the year which helps to improve their areas of development such as using the balancing beams and tyres and improve on their physical development. Chigwell’s garden has a discovery area where children can grow and explore the environment by looking at insects. The area has tactile boards and a shaded area along with a boat and climbing frame.

Buggy Park – Parents are able to leave their buggies within our secured buggy park.

For more information for this nursery or to book a show round please contact us.


7.30am  - 6.30pm


8am - 1pm  /  1pm - 6pm


3 months - 2yrs



Main Room

2yrs - 3yrs




3yrs - 5yrs



Note: A deposit is required.
Price includes all meals, Milk formulas and bottles. (Excludes Nappies and cream.)

The nursery offers the universal 15hrs or 30hrs free government funding for 3 to 5 year olds and 15 hours funding for 2 year olds, subject to eligibility Criteria. Please contact the nursery for more information. (Prices reviewed yearly) The nursery is closed for one week at Christmas. The fees are based on a 51 week year.

We offer short term places; you may only require childcare for a number of weeks or months. For more information, please call the nursery.